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A common complaint among older listeners is that others speak too fast. As we know, raising the volume of our voices distorts speech and often leads to the complaint that we are talking too loudly. Hearing aids improve audibility but do not resolve the problems that older listeners experience
New hearing aid users often report significant improvements in quality of life as they connect once again to the hearing world around them. Yet, first-time hearing aid users may find newly amplified sounds overwhelming.
Although never directly involved in cochlear implant fittings, Samira Anderson’s practice changed dramatically when cochlear implantation became a viable solution for many patients.
A key advantage of the cABR is that it does not require active participation by the listener. Given the growing interest in assessing auditory function beyond the cochlea, it is hoped that
audiologists will embrace new technologies to improve the diagnosis and management of central auditory disorders.
Samira Anderson outlines how Nina’s work as a teacher and researcher has impacted students and colleagues and Samira herself.
Is there solid scientific evidence that hearing aids can fend off cognitive decline? A few studies have shown improvements in specific measured cognitive skills after months of hearing aid use, and some large longitudinal studies have had positive findings. However, these outcomes are still essentially “correlational.”
Many of the tests used in the standard auditory processing battery require the ability to maintain attention or to retain a certain number of auditory items in memory. Alternatively, they may be affected by deficits in receptive or expressive language. Therefore, objective tests that do not require a behavioral response may be useful in diagnosing and managing children with auditory processing deficits.
Given that older listeners rely on cognitive functions, such as working memory or attention, to improve speech understanding in difficult listening situations, it may be useful to develop auditory-cognitive training programs that target the older CI listener’s needs.
Audiologists are most interested in interventions that lead to better speech understanding. However, the evidence for the benefits of music training on speech-in-noise (SIN) performance has been mixed.
Mysteries of the Hearing Brain — What Can Rate Code Tell Us About Cochlear-Implant and Older Listeners?
Samira Anderson looks at how impaired rate discrimination may affect an older person’s ability to understand speech in a cocktail party scenario.